News of the Institute
The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute will hold its 71st Annual Meeting, March 5-8, 2019, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Meeting registration will open very soon - be sure to check your inbox for the announcement!
Under the theme of "Reaching Resilience Faster by Working Together," the local organizing committee, co-chaired by Kate Thibert (M.EERI,2005) and John Sherstobitoff (M.EERI,1991), with support from the EERI British Columbia Regional Chapter, have created a program with a terrific schedule of sessions ranging from the very specific and technical to broader themes of how communities can work cooperatively towards resilience.
The 2019 Annual Meeting will feature new facilitated interactive workshop sessions, alongside traditional technical sessions as well as sessions highlighting EERI programs. This exciting new program format will appeal to a multi-disciplinary audience, including engineers, scientists, planners, policy makers, social scientists, and many more! Session topics will include:
- Public Education, Emergency Preparedness and Understanding Risk
- Improving New and Existing Building Performance
- Post-Earthquake Response and Recovery
- Utilities and Infrastructure; including Geotechnical
- Policy, Insurance and Funding Incentives, Resilience Plans
- New Technologies and Instrumentation
Come to beautiful downtown Vancouver to learn, connect, and network with other earthquake professionals, while enjoying the spectacular new JW Marriott Parq Vancouver luxury hotel, spa and casino. To reserve your room today at the EERI discount rate, please click here.
For more details about the meeting, please visit the 2019 Annual Meeting website.
Update: September 30, 2018
Governor Brown has vetoed both pieces of seismic legislation (AB 1857 and AB 2681) authored by Assemblymember Adrin Nazarian and supported by EERI. Thank you to all members in California who responded to our call to action by sending their own personal letters to Governor Brown.
While this development is a disappointment, EERI's Public Policy and Advocacy Committee (PPA) will continue to explore ways to reduce earthquake risk through policy and action. EERI hopes to continue working with Assemblymember Nazarian in his role as a seismic safety champion for California, the California Seismic Commission, and the California Buildings Standards Commission to advance the development of standards and mitigation programs. We also plan to continue to enhance our policy partnerships with other earthquake-focused organizations prompted by this legislation. All members are encouraged to join the PPA committee to learn and lend their expertise to these efforts.
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Learning From Earthquakes
On September 28, 2018, a M7.5 earthquake struck the island of Palu, Indonesia, resulting in major damages and a deadly tsunami. The EERI community extends its sympathy to those affected as rescue and relief work continues.
As part of the EERI response, the Virtual Earthquake Reconnaissance Team (VERT) has activated and is currently compiling a summary report on the earthquake and tsunami based on information from news and social media. EERI continues to monitor the situation as part of its Learning from Earthquakes Program and is considering further EERI response.
At this time, EERI members can help to inform activities by contributing in the following ways:
Share Field Observations and Damage Reports
Connect EERI with Additional Colleagues in Indonesia
For more information about the earthquake, visit the USGS event page. For estimates of casualties and damage, visit the USGS Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquakes for Response (PAGER) website.
Photo credit: Athit Perawongmetha/Reuters
EERI is teaming up with QuakeCoRE, the New Zealand Centre for Earthquake Resilience, to offer the second Learning from Earthquakes Travel Study Program, May 5 – 12, 2019 (NZ time)!
The program offers members a unique opportunity to learn directly from local experts in the field and contribute to knowledge of recovery from recent earthquakes in New Zealand. Information about the program goals and the outcomes of the 2017 program in Chile can be found by clicking here.
While any EERI or QuakeCoRE member may participate, the program is targeted at graduate students and early career researchers or early career practicing engineers.
The application will be available online October 19 and due by November 19, 2018. EERI members will receive an email notification with a link to the application when it becomes available.
APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN!
Application Deadline: November 2, 2018
The Earthquake Engineering Research Institute (EERI) has 1-2 internship positions available for recent graduates who are interested in gaining valuable professional experience while supporting the Institute’s mission to reduce earthquake risk. Spring internships begin as early as January 2019.
EERI internships are approximately six-months long, and offer engagement with a number of interesting EERI projects and Institute activities, including Learning from Earthquakes, the School Earthquake Safety Initiative, World Housing Encyclopedia, EERI Annual Meetings, and technical webinars.
Tasks are varied, although day-to-day work focuses on supporting EERI projects and staff through research, project and event coordination, and website development and maintenance.
EERI interns gain valuable experience working in a professional environment and collaborating with EERI expert members. Recent interns have built on their EERI internship to pursue careers in structural engineering. Before starting his internship at EERI, Jorge Moreno (M.EERI,2018) completed the Master's program in Structural Engineering at UC Berkeley. Now he works at Rutherford + Chekene as a structural designer. Jorge is currently participating in the rehabilitation of the China beach observation deck and the retrofit of a historical building located in the Bay Area Discovery Museum (photo – right). Omar Plata (M.EERI,2015), graduated with his Master’s degree in structural engineering from UC Irvine. He now works as an engineer with Rinne & Peterson, Structural Engineers, located in Palo Alto where he designs beams, columns, and braced frames for research facility projects in the San Francisco peninsula (photo - center). Julio Rios (M.EERI,2017) is presently completing his internship at EERI and will be pursuing a Ph.D. (photo – left).
Interns are expected to work in EERI's Oakland, California office, which means living in the San Francisco Bay Area. (No moving support, visa sponsorship, or housing support provided). EERI interns are provided a monthly stipend of $2500.
Interested candidates should apply here. Preference is given to EERI members.
Applications should be submitted by November 2, 2018.
Learn more about the EERI Internship program.
CoreBrace, LLC, (EERI Bronze Level Subscribing Member), the industry leading Buckling Restrained Brace manufacturer, is seeking highly driven individuals to join our growing team. CoreBrace is involved in exciting projects throughout the world and we are looking to strategically fill Project Engineering and Project Management positions. The successful candidates for these opportunities will be outgoing and self-motivated, ready to join a dynamic professional workplace. CoreBrace offers a competitive compensation package in addition to a great working environment and multiple professional development and networking opportunities. We are looking for team players that will be able to work effectively with a diverse group of clientele.
CoreBrace is an equal opportunity employer and all inquiries will be held in strict confidence.
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These webinars will introduce the NHERI SimCenter Regional Earthquake Workflow and features of its accompanying Testbed, as well as educate the community on aspects core to the SimCenter's platform: Uncertainty Quantification and Artificial Intelligence. The format includes a presentation followed by Q&A, and video recordings will be available on the website soon afterwards for future viewing.
Click the links below for more information and to register:
AI & Machine Learning in Natural Hazards Engineering: Approaches to Deep Learning
October 2, 2018 1pm - 2pm PST
Presenter: Stella Yu
UQ Computational Advances for Natural Hazard Risk Assessment
October 24, 2018 1pm - 2pm PST
Presenter: Alexandros Taflanidis (M.EERI,2007)
AI & Machine Learning in Natural Hazards Engineering: Technical & Modelling Q&A
November 6, 2018 1pm - 2pm PST
Presenter: Stella Yu
HPC Ground Motion Simulations of Large Hayward Fault Earthquakes
November 14, 2018 12pm - 1pm PST
Presenter: Arthur Rodgers (M.EERI,2017)
The Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills of October 2017 involved more than 56.2 million participants through broad-based outreach programs, media partnerships, and public advocacy by hundreds of partners. The 2018 International ShakeOut Day is October 18, and EERI encourages participation by our members, their organizations, and their families.
A key aspect of the ShakeOut is the integration of comprehensive science-based earthquake research and the lessons learned from decades of social science research about why people get prepared. The result is a “teachable moment” on par with having an actual earthquake (often followed by increased interest in getting ready for earthquakes). ShakeOut creates the sense of urgency that is needed for people, organizations, and communities to get prepared, to practice what to do to be safe, and to learn what plans need to be improved.
Not just any drill will accomplish this; it needs to be big. It must inspire communities to come together. It must involve children at school and parents at work, prompting conversations at home. It must allow every organization, city, etc., to make it their own event. Please spread the word, we are all in this together.
The 2018 ShakeOut drill will be the largest preparedness event in world history. To participate, go to www.ShakeOut.org/register and pledge your business, family, school, or organization’s participation in the drill. Registered participants will receive information on how to plan their drill and involve others. At the minimum practice "Drop, Cover, and Hold On" at the specified time, which is 10/18 at 10:18 AM, however you can hold your drill at any time and on any day of the year. Many organizations also include additional tests of their emergency plans, but even at the minimum, it is only a one-minute commitment for something that may save your life. For more information, visit ShakeOut.org
The Pacific Conference on Earthquake Engineering (11PCEE)
April 4 - 6, 2019
SkyCity, Auckland, New Zealand
The 11PCEE will also be the NZSEE annual meeting for 2019
Visit the conference website for more information.
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Younger Members Committee News
On September 17, 2018, the EERI Younger Members Committee (YMC) hosted a webinar by Abbie Liel (M.EERI,2009), Associate Professor of Civil, Environmental and Architectural Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder, entitled, “How Induced Earthquakes Are Making Us Rethink the Challenges of Earthquake Engineering.” The presentation focused in the ongoing human-caused seismicity in Oklahoma, Kansas and other parts of the central U.S. from an earthquake engineering perspective. A recording of the webinar presentation is now available on EERI’s YouTube channel: Watch it online.
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News of the Profession
Eight (8) recent news stories, articles, opinions, or reports from around the web.
Indonesian Tsunami: Death Toll Hits 1,200; Survivors Desperate For Aid (NPR) Emergency crews are still trying to find victims of an earthquake and tsunami that struck Indonesia's island of Sulawesi, killing at least 1,200 people, according to local media citing government officials. Videos posted to social media captured the scene as the quake and tsunami struck, Read more
Gov. Jerry Brown Vetoes Bill That Would Create List of Quake-Vulnerable Buildings (Los Angeles Times) Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed an earthquake safety bill, AB 2681, that would have asked cities and counties to create lists of buildings that could be at higher risk of major damage or collapse when shaken. The governor wrote that he was concerned the bill “will not provide the greatest value for the significant investment this enterprise requires.” Read more
Earthquake Fear Ends Dutch Gas Boom (Phys.Org) The Dutch are proud of the way they have created a country by fighting back the ocean—but when they started making their own earthquakes it proved a step too far. Facing a wave of public anger over the threat to life and limb, the Dutch government announced that all gas extraction from Groningen will end by 2030. Read more
Science for a Risky World: A USGS Plan for Risk Research and Applications – USGS publishes strategic plan for examining risk (USGS release) A new USGS report defines for the first time the role of USGS in risk research and applications. Natural hazards—including earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, landslides, hurricanes, droughts, floods, wildfires, geomagnetic storms, and pandemics—can wreak havoc on communities, the economy, and natural resources for years following an initial event. Because of the potential severity of a single hazard event, reducing risk is a high priority for policy makers, community members, emergency managers, resource managers, utility operators, business owners, and planners. This report includes hazard assessments, operational forecasts and warnings, vulnerability assessments, risk assessments, risk communication, decision-support systems, and post-event assessments. Read more
Istanbul's Nightmare: A Timeline of Earthquakes That Shook the City (Daily Sabah) Located close to the biggest fault lines in Anatolia, Istanbul has always been under the danger if being hit by destructive earthquakes, which in the past have destroyed the city more than once. Research conducted over the years has shown that Istanbul was shaken by more than 500 great earthquakes since the day it was founded. Read more
Expert Opinions Vary on Earthquake Risk From Enhanced Geothermal Systems (Physics World) EGS could add to the renewable energy mix but we don’t fully know the geological impact of pumping water deep underground. Given that the systems could lie close to large populations, it’s prudent to solicit expert opinion on the risk of inducing seismic activity. The range of responses from such a panel, however, can be surprisingly diverse. Read more
Should Fannie & Freddie Transfer Earthquake Risk to the Capital Markets? (Artemis) A new report suggests that the two government-sponsored enterprises (GSE’s) in mortgage risk, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, should be required to transfer some of the earthquake risk exposure they carry to the capital markets. Read more
Photos From the Deadly Earthquake and Tsunami in Indonesia (The Atlantic) September 28, a magnitude 7.5 earthquake struck Indonesia’s Sulawesi island, near the city of Palu, also triggering a localized tsunami, which swept across coastal Palu and the surrounding area. Read moreBack to top >